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Old 03-12-2008, 11:08 AM
 
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The 22ft Penske truck is $200 MORE than the 16ft to rent.

However, when traveling 1200 miles, using today's gas prices, and taking the lowest mpg for each truck (6 for 16ft, 8 for 22ft), the 22ft truck is $100 CHEAPER in gas costs.

So we can get a much larger truck for $100 more. Is there something I'm missing here...or its just the way it is? We will also be towing a small hyundai accent, which one will be better for gas...I'm guessing the 22ft diesel.

Any major benefit of one over the other (except for the size of course)?
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Old 03-12-2008, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Tower Grove East, St. Louis, MO
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I think its weird that the bigger truck gets better gas mileage... I guess it's a different base model?

I will say that the bigger they are the harder they are to drive and park, so if you don't need the extra space I'd get the smaller one.

Also know that no matter how well you think you know how big a truck you need, always up it by at least 10%. Everything adds up fast. When we last moved with got the bigger truck than we thought we needed and still didn't have room for everything. We ended up giving two end tables and a dresser to my brother because they wouldn't fit.
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Old 03-12-2008, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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Are you comparing diesel to diesel? Gas to gas? Or are you comparing diesel to gas? In any case the other poster is right, if there is any doubt get the bigger truck. I've driven a 16' with a Chevy Cavalier on the two dolly cross country. It is major work. Diesel used to be hard to find and that would have made the choice once upon a time but if you are sticking to major interstates finding diesel would not be an issue but a 22ft diesel should get a lot better mileage than 8mpg that sounds like gas engine mileage.

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Old 03-13-2008, 07:35 AM
 
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Sorry, should have clarified in my first post.
The 16ft is gas, the 22ft is diesel.

Sounds like the 22ft might be better on mileage and towing, but harder to drive. We are sticking to major highways so finding diesel shouldn't be a problem.

Any more thoughts? Thanks.
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Old 03-13-2008, 07:49 AM
 
Location: Clarksville, TN
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Go with the bigger truck. If you go with the smaller. You may find out your "stuff" will not all fit. Better to have some "empty space" than "no space".
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Old 03-13-2008, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Tower Grove East, St. Louis, MO
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Do you have any experience driving a 22 footer? They're huge... esp. if you're towing a car... Are you towing a car? That might be scary!
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Old 03-14-2008, 09:21 AM
 
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I'm not afraid of driving the bigger truck...it might actually be fun.

I guess we're going with the bigger truck. We don't have to worry about craming stuff into a smaller truck, and we may get better gas mileage with towing the car.

Thanks for the advice (more is welcome also).
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Old 03-14-2008, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Miramar Beach, FL
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We used the 16 ft Penskee truck when we moved from VA to FL and towed my VW Golf on the back and it was just fine....I guess it just depends on how much stuff you have. The 16 was perfect for us but I was a little worried that it would be too small but I had some expert packers....Fiance and his dad! We probably spent around $500.00 on gas but the rental truck was a write off on our taxes for moving expenses....unfortunately the gas was not included just the cost of the truck.
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Old 03-27-2008, 02:31 PM
 
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Default Move w/ a long drive

I live in Pensacola and I'm moving to Las Vegas. (Yea I know.. 1880 miles). I dont have a lot of stuff at all. It can easily fit in a 16ft Penske truck. However.. I have to get a 22ft because Im hauling a 2000 Mitsubishi Galant. I calculated my gas will be about $710 at about 8mpg. Shall I go ahead and spend the extra $500 to have my car transported? Or shall I just tow it myself with the 22ft truck.
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Old 03-27-2008, 08:12 PM
 
Location: WA
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The 16 ft should be able to pull a car trailer just fine. I booked through Penske a 16 ft truck with a car trailer for our move in June. It is the 10 ft truck that they will not let you tow a car trailer with (not sure if it would be able to anyways).

Who told you that you would have to get a 22 ft truck?
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